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>> tonight heading to the jury, closing arguments in the trial of casey anthony, the florida mother accused of killing her child. troy roberts has the latest. unhappy campers, kenneth gib son shows us california residents facing the first ever closure of state parks. sour note, cynthia bowers takes to us a cash-strapped school that is use its imagination to save its orchestra. and oldest medic, he's 76 years old and treating american soldiers in afghanistan. mandy clark will have his story. >> this is the captioning sponsored by cbs this is the "cbs evening news" with russ mitchell. >> mitchell: and good evening. nearly two months after her trial began the case of casey anthony is et is to be in the hands of the jury tomorrow. closing arguments took place
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today and anthony, a 25-year-old single mother accused of killing her two-year-old daughter three years ago could face the death penalty if convicted. cbs news "48 hours" mystery correspondent troy roberts has been covering the case and has the latest. >> reporter: for three years casey anthony has fought the notion that she killed her own child caylee. >> mama, papa. >> reporter: in 2008 caylee was a spirited two-year-old girl. then a missing person. and a murder victim. casey was her 22-year-old single mom who raised caylee with her grandparents cindy and george, all living together under one roof. but in june 2008 casey abruptly left home with caylee. the family did not see caylee for a month. >> i found out my granddaughter has been taken --. >> reporter: in july the police got a frantic 911 call from casey's mother cindy. casey's car had turned up in a tow pound.ñ@v >> i found my daughter's car
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today and it smells like there's been a dead body in the car. >> reporter: casey claimed caylee was kidnapped by a nanny, a nanny it would turn out who did not exist. for five months volunteers searched for the toddler. her skeletal remains were found in two plastic bags dumped in the woods, walking distance from the anthony home. prosecutors said there was duct tape place on caylee's mouth and nose but none of casey's fingerprints or dna was on the tape. prosecutors believe casey may have he is date the caylee using the chemical chloroform. chloroform was a term investigators discovered in the search engine of the anthony home computer along with net breaking, household weapons and shovel. >> she had to choose between two -- sacrificing two things. the first was her dreams and the life she wanted. the second, was her child. the choice she made was her child. >> reporter: witnesses said
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the trunk of casey's abandoned car smelled like a decomposed human body, air samples found chloroform, also a sign of decomposition. defense attorneys blamed the smell on rotting pizza and gar badge and pointed out there were no eye witnesses. >> they couldn't find a single link from casey of caylee's death. not a single link. this is about winning, and nothing else. winning a high profile case. >> reporter: the coroner never determined caylee's cause of death but ruled it a homicide telling the jury that duct tape and body disposal were key. >> the fact that it's tossed in a field to rot in bags is a clear indication that the body was trying to be hidden. >> reporter: another red flag for prosecutors, casey's behavior. in the month she claimed caylee was missing, she never told anyone and spent her nights partying. >> i don't care about what people have been saying about me, it doesn't matter. because i know it's not true.
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>> reporter: the case has received so much pub liss knit orlando. >> both sides ready to proceed? >> the judge agreed to draw jurors from 100 miles away and sequester them. casey anthony did not testify in her own defense. if the jury finds her guiltee of murdering her own daughter the panel will then consider whether to impose the death penalty. >> mitchell: troy roberts, thank you very much. >> and when a verdict is reached there will be a special edition of 48 hours mystery, casey anthony, judgement day right here on cbs. and here's what else is happening this sunday. the debate over raising the national debt ceiling is set to resume once the holiday break is over. as the stalemate persists, some democrats are suggesting a constitutional end run while a few citizens are reconsidering their earlier positions. witt johnson in washington has the latest. >> i'm doing it --. >> reporter: three weeks ago when courtney hinton was asked in a cbs news poll if she thought congress should raise the debt ceiling she
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along with 69% of respondents said no. now amid fears of a looming crisis, she isn't so sure. >> i think people don't really understand it. because you really have to pay attention to get what it means. >> reporter: what it means according to the bipartisan policy center is that come early august the treasury would only have enough money to pay about 56% of its bills. former treasury official jay powell says the government would likely pay interest first leaving popular domestic programs in jeopardy. >> it could be social security, could be medicare, could be medicaid, we can't pay everything. >> reporter: the stalemate in washington has some asking if president obama could simply big foot congress and ordered the treasury to keep borrowing. the argument is based on a little known section in the 14th amendment stating the public debt of the united states shall not be questioned. >> if the congress refuses to act, the argument would run, the president of necessity must act in order to follow the command of the
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constitution. >> the idea highly -- highlights how desperate the debate has goten. >> that's crazy talk. it's not acceptable for congress and the president not to do their job and to say somehow the president has the authority to then basically do this by himself. >> as the clock ticks down with no sign of progress, americans like courtney hine ton who -- hinton who works hard and lives on a tight budget can only watch in disbelief. >> this bickering and waiting to the last minute, we're not benefitting from that. >> reporter: as washington returns from the holiday weekend, sources close to the negotiations say a deal has to be reached by july 22nd in order to get it through congress in time. witt johnson, cbs news, the white house. >> mitchell: also money problems in california have ris dents bracing for big changes and big cuts in public services. candace gib son has the story as to what it could mean to the state's pocketbook and way of life for many californians.
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>> geting tired. >> reporter: for the fassetts the fourth of july week send to the about fireworks. >> it was very hairy. >> reporter: it's about family and the great outdoors. >> wow!, look at that. >> reporter: for the past decade brian, julianne and their kids have been coming to mcgrath state beach, a state park north of los angeles but this may be their last independence holiday here. the park is slated to close in september. >> do you feel like you're kind of losing a family member. >> we do. this is our favorite spot. >> i feel safe here. it's really great for families. amid the pristine beauty of california's state parks, there is an ugly reality, finances. they've seen their budgets cut by 43% since 2006. and now cash 12r57ed california is shutting down -- 70 of its 278 state parks to save money. the closures are first for california. and another devastating blow to its park system. state parks ranger eric could only hire four summer
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works this year instead of the usual 12 to handle maintenance and repairs at all four of his parks. >> it's getting very difficult for to us keep the doors open, keep the lights on, keep the water and sewer working. and it's starting to catch up to us. >> reporter: california isn't alone. minnesota closed all of its state parks this holiday weekend because lawmakers failed to reach a new budget. in washington state, they're not closing but they're charging. >> $10 where it used to be free. squeezing its park system, california hopes to save 33 million dollars but for these families, it's a high price to pay losing their favorite campground on the pas civic. cbs news, oxnard, california. >> federal and state emergency crews are examining a stretch of the yellow stone river near billings montana today in the wake of this weekend's oil pipeline spill. the break in the exxon mobile pipeline stilled an estimated 42,000 gls of oil in the river. the company spokesperson says there was quote very
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little soiling beyond a single 20 mile stretch but an epa spokeswoman says an unspecified amount of oil has been spotted some 40 miles downriver. >> it is a weekend of extreme weather across the country. much of the nation is hot there have been heat advisories in the midwest and southwest. a heat warning in phoenix this morning after another day of triple digit temperatures. but as you travel north, you'll find something you don't expect this time of year, lots of snow. tony guidea has more. >> reporter: some say the world will end in fire, some say in ice. robert frost's words clearly when not on the minds of holiday skiers at crystal mountain, washington. >> it's great, getting tanned too, all the snow is awesome. >> reporter: 50 feet of awesome, all across the west this weekend skiers are flocking to mountains flush with snow, 40 feet at arapahoe base inin denver. 70 in squaw valley. >> fourth of july and on skies. >> reporter: but record
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snowfalls mean dangerously swollen rivers. nowhere more evident than minot, north dakota where heavy rains compounded the massive snow felt melt. thousands are still home its while many returning this weekend found conditions unlivable, flooding for sewage into their homes with. >> we're just start now to get home, people are moving in and i'm moving out. >> reporter: a huge wild fire continues burning in northern new mexico but it no longer threatens the los alamos nuclear land it scarred a mountain on a nearby reservation and now endangers site sacred to the pueblo indians. >> we see their focus was saving los alamos. what about us? >> reporter: much of the west continues sweltering under relentless heat. you could fry a steak on the pavement in phoenix. >> 183182. >> saturday's -- saturday's official record 118 degrees. prisoners were moved from jail cells to outdoor tents where temperatures reached 145.
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sheriff joe arpaio supplied inmates with ice but that was the limit of his sympathy. >> in baghdad it's about 115 degrees. >> reporter: some phoenix residents turned philosophical. >> better than shoveling snow in the winter. >> reporter: fourth of july skiers would disagree. tony guidea, cbs news, new york. >> mitchell: later student musicians at an inner city school go all out to save their orchestra. an army reserve medic is still on the front lines at age 76. and growing doubts about the future of egypt's democracy movement. those stories and more when the "cbs evening news" continues. i have copd. if you have it, you know how hard it can be to breathe and what that feels like. copd includes chronic bronchitis and emphysema. spiriva helps control my copd symptoms... by keeping my airways open a full 24 hours.
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demonstration last friday. the soldiers are said to have arrested at least five act cyst -- activists, they killed 65 protestors in hama early last month. cairo is experiencing a new round of unrest at egyptians use marbs with -- lose patience with the pace of change from military to democratic rule, one said we get out of one trap to fall into the next one. now the latest. >> reporter: in recent days the new egypt looked a lot like the old egypt. thousands of pro-democracy protestors took to the streets demanding to know why democratic reforms they fought so hard for and hundreds died for are so slow in coming. >> the people will not give up says this woman. we will not let the revolution slip through our -- slip through our hands. they want to know why the members of the old gej regime and police accused of killing protestors in the uprising have not been brought to justice and especially want to know why former president hosni mubarak hasn't been jailed or pull mood court.
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the former dick stater is due to stand trial in august. his lawyers are warning he has cancer and may be too ill. but on the political front there have been significant steps forward. egypt's powerful muslim brotherhood says it's willing to meet with the u.s. after secretary of state hilary clinton opened the door limited talks. >> it is in the interest of the united states to engage with all parties that are peaceful and committed to nonviolence. >> reporter: analysts say the brotherhood is too influential to ignore. >> the american administration also has no choice but to talk to the muslim brotherhood. they are the major power. and if there is a fair election tomorrow i think they will control, you know, most of the seats in the parliament. >> reporter: those elections are scheduled for september. but egyptians don't want to wait that long for change. they say they want their basic rights ranging from freedom of expression to limited police powers. activists are calling for a mass rally next friday to
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music is a top priority at one big city school. it's being forced to make due with a much smaller budget. cynthia bowers tells us success depends on students, teachers and the entire community working in concert. ♪ ♪ . >> reporter: lafayette specialty school in chicago students feel the joy that comes from making music. >> it makes you feel, like the sound that comes from your instrument, its beautiful. >> 8th grader jaylen has been playing the vie len for five years. >> was it difficult at first. >> yeah, it was. i didn't really know what to do. >> reporter: lafayette's string orchestra is designed to introduce students to the arts. and for 7th grade cello player mia sanchez it's also an escape from a tough west side neighborhood. >> where i was at all the kids were being in the streets and they will get hurt and be in gang violence. >> reporter: now it needs saving. the school already dealing
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with a 25% budget cut and the elimination of seven staff positions needs to raise nearly $50,000 to keep the music playing next year. >> and we thought we can either bemoan our fate or question can get proactive and think about outside the box thinking b how we ourselves can raise the funds. >> reporter: so the principal got the entire school and community involved. they staged a walkathon this spring. even students got into the act. raising money by raveling off the chance to tape teachers to the wall. long time band director arthurs weible calls it a life lesson. >> they are starting to understand real world ramifications that affect their lives and they are also empowered to do something about it. >> reporter: the school is still 20,000 dollars short and more budget cuts are on the way. schrode says they will continue the fight. >> the music program is too important to us as a school community to not make that
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>> mitchell: finally this evening the last drafty set to retire from the army this summer at the age of 58. jeff melinger was drafted in 1972 during the vietnam war. in recent years he survived 27 roadside bombings while deployed in iraq. and there is another long serving veteran to tell you about tonight, with a great story. here's mandy clark in afghanistan. >> in afghanistan being a doctor can be a front line position. but even back from the fighting, the men and women of the u.s. military have tough jobs and the medical problems to match. >> this one started today. >> reporter: an experienced eye makes all the difference. and few are more experienced than dr. john burson, an ear,
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nose and throat specialist from bill rica, georgia -- georgia. he may not have seen it all but brings history to his work in kabul. >> they are not quite sure whether i'm a father figure or grandfather figure. >> reporter: and what does he take away from the experience? >> i carry with me mostly an appreciate for the incredible sacrifice that i see among the young people here and the real dedication, the love of country. it's an opportunity to come back and sort of pay back a little bit to your country. >> reporter: dr. burrston is a volunteer with the reserves this is his fourth tour since 2005, two in iraq and two in afghanistan. he joined the army back in 1955 but never saw combat, missing korea and vietnam. he was out of uniform for 26 years and says the nature of war has changed dramatically in that time. >> this is a complicated war. and we're in a situation
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where troops communicate with home every day. they get e-mails every day. they get text messages and cell phone messages. they live in two worlds. >> reporter: dr. burson says this may be his last tour but he's really not so sure hinting that in two year's time will have forgotten the hardship and be ready to jump back in. by then he will be close to 80 years old. mandy clark, cbs news, kabul. >> mitchell: and that is the "cbs evening news." later on cbs, "60 minutes." thanks for joining us this sunday evening. i'm russ mitchell, cbs news in new york. scott pellee will be here tomorrow. good night and happy fourth. captioning sponsored by cbs captioned by media access group at wgbh
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